Activate Allen County: How to have a healthier Thanksgiving

Activate Allen County: How to have a healthier Thanksgiving

The official holiday season is upon us and Thanksgiving is ready to kick off.

With crowded homes, time spent traveling and shorter days, Thanksgiving can also be a time where personal health takes a back seat to our other responsibilities. It is an easy time for many of us to fall into unhealthy habits, especially when Grandma won’t let you leave the table without your piece of her pumpkin pie.

For most, the struggle is real when it comes to staying active and eating healthy during this time of the year. However, take heed because we have 10 great tips to having a healthier holiday:

1. Get outside. Play a game of touch football, take a walk or plan a family scavenger hunt.

2. Fill your plate only one time. Don’t go back for seconds — or thirds, or fourths.

3. Put your leftovers away. Right after dinner, put away the snacks and leftovers. It is too easy to graze when the food is out to grab each time you walk by.

4. Drink responsibly. Alcohol loosens your inhibitions and your temptations may get the better of you.

5. Make “You Time.” Having a house full of your family for a few days is great, but you still need “You Time.” Make time to exercise.

6. Eat a well-balanced breakfast. Starving yourself until lunch or dinner is never a good option.

7. Drink a lot of water. Staying hydrated will help keep you away from the snack table and your stomach full.

8. Swap in healthier ingredients. For example, use low-fat cream of mushroom soup in your green bean casserole. Chances are, no one will even notice.

9. Find a 5K to walk/run. Take a drive down to Sidney to participate in the ninth annual Thanksgiving Day 5K Walk/Run to End Hunger.

10. Moderation. Using smaller dinner plates are one way to help keep portion sizes small.

All in all, have a Happy Thanksgiving! For more tips on staying healthy during the holidays visit us at

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